PH2OG water from the air

PH2OG water from the air

water harvesting from Fog

PH2OG builds equipment that captures airborne water droplets from clouds and fog. The process requires no additional energy input and avoids both groundwater depletion and pollution, issues affecting both the development en developing world but directly contributed to by major bottled water companies.

In areas without access to surface or groundwater sources but with high incidence of low lying clouds or fog (generally elevated regions), fog harvesting has proven to be an inexpensive alternative.
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Climate Proof Cities

climate proof cities

A quarter of the planet will experience severe water shortages one month per year by 2030.

Cities ​are ​highly ​vulnerable to ​climatic risks. ​Think of heatwaves, water scarcity and extreme rainfall.

What can cities do to become resistant climate proof? Let’s give an overview. Read More

100 Smart Cities in India

100 Smart Cities in India

India is interested in innovative solutions, that are preserving the environment and are preventing disasters because of climate change.

India intends to invest in cities in order to make them future proof. The next five years, the Indian government wants to create a hundred smart cities throughout the country.

The government is interested in innovations in the sectors water, waste management and mobility, in order to keep the cities smart, liveable and accessible for the increasing population. Read More

Nanofiltration cleans drinking water

nanofiltration for extreme clean drinking water

NX Filtration to lead development of nanofiltration to make drinking water free of drug residues

Nanofiltration will filter the smalles particles from our drinking water. Isn’t that great news. Finally, our drinking water will be clean.

The University Twente developed a new weapon in the fight against medicines, hormones and pesticides in our drinking water.

The membranes which will filter the water from the smallest particles, are built with nanofiltration, base on new, synthetic polymers.

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In the US, the air will be drier and hotter

climate change, dehydration, water crisis, US, Texas, Mexico

The red area is 0 – 4% of normal rain precipitation

Reinforced by global warming, the west and center of the United States will possibly be extremely dry for decades. 

Large parts of the US will be facing the worst drought in a thousand years, the second half of this century.

The ‘mega-droughts’ can persist for decades, predict US researchers from NASA and the universities of Cornell and Columbia. Read More

Third generation rotating biological contactor technology arrives in the UK

clean drinking water, fresh water, sustainable, Miranda, biological technology

Because of the modular design it is possible to bypass specified modules to reduce capacity and save energy.

The third generation rotating biological contactor (RBC) technology has arrived in the UK.

Wastewater treatment specialist WPL has brought a highly efficient rotating biological contractor to the UK municipal market. 

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Worst drought since 1930 in Brazil

Sao Paulo state has received only a third of the rainfall

Sao Paulo state has received only a third of the rainfall

Brazilians in the southeast of the country should immediately try to use less water and electricity.

The Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, made this call last Friday night after a emergency meeting with the government about the worst drought since 1930. 

Rio and Minas Gerais are asking residents and industries to reduce water consumption by as much as 30%. Read More

Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100

Climate change, water shortage, clean drinking water, Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 11, 2014 – The governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has asked for emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir serving Sao Paulo city, which has almost run dry. After nine months of unprecedented drought, 95% of the water has gone

Recent reports from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House are showing the consequences of climate change. 

Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100.

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World Bank pledges 50 million dollars for water and sanitation in Haiti

Clean drinking water, Haiti, World Bank

Haiti gets clean drinking water

Fifty million dollars have been pledged by the World Bank to improve safe water and sanitation and fight cholera in Haiti.

In 2010, 8,500 died and over 800,000 people were infected with the disease in the Caribbean country.

Bank president, Jim Yong Kim spoke at a donor conference in Washington D.C., which is inviting partners to fund the plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti. Read More

Sao Paulo (Brazil) runs out of water

Sao Paulo runs out of water

Sao Paulo runs out of water

Sao Paulo, Brazil, is in the midst of an untimely crisis that many claim could have been avoided – it’s running out of water, and fast. The Cantareira Water System, an interbasin transfer, provides less than 5% of its capacity of 1 trillion liters.  Read More

Water Board India: No Water Crisis, only 3.5 million people have serious shortage

Water shortage India

3.5 million people in Delhi have shortage of clean drinking water

In a slum in Vasant Kunj (India), a young woman, Fatima, keeps her entire week’s supply in five 50-litre plastic containers lined up next to her bed.

They take up a third of the 3.5-metre metal box where she, her husband and child live. There is only one way for her to get water: she must walk to the neighbourhood spigot with heavy cannes, before filling them up and lugging them home.

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African project: clean water for 82 million people and improved sanitation for 57 million

 

Safe drinking water sends children (especially girls) back to school, empowers women, improves community health and fosters economic development.

Safe drinking water sends children (especially girls) back to school, empowers women, improves community health and fosters economic development.

There are more cell phones in Asia and Africa than toilets. But that wil change now. Because the African Union has started a big project to improve rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene in 10 countries in Africa. 

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The costs/rights of fresh drinking water (compromise included)

Ten thousands of children die of pollutioned water every

Ten thousands of children die of pollutioned water every year

Here at BetterWorldSolutions Headquarters we had a fight. Not physical, but a firm discussion it was. The discussion was about fresh water, the first basic need of virtual all living beings on Earth.

Eventually we met in the middle. Although it is not a really realistic middle (yet), it is a worldwide compromise to strive for, we reckon.

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Clean water for anyone in the world

water, illness, clean drinking water

half of world’s hospitalizations are due to water-related diseases

One of the millennium targets requires that an additional 1,5 billion people gain access to some form of improved water supply by 2015.

We have a global water challenge. In many countries, millions of poor people must walk hours a day to get water. Or they pay exorbitant prices to private water vendors. And often water quality is poor. Inadequate sanitation makes matters worse. As much as 60% of the world illness is water-related.  Read More